Samsung unveiled its flagships, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ on March 29 and its official sales began on April 21 for the global market including the company s home market South Korea. Samsung had then announced that Bixby s main feature that is the voice command would not be available immediately but would arrive later via an update. Samsung has now officially launched the voice command on its virtual assistant Bixby for Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ users in South Korea. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
Samsung hasn t given any update on when the voice command of Bixby would roll out to Galaxy S8 users in other regions. It is expected that the rollout should happen by the end of this month as the company had said that it would be available later this spring. Bixby s voice command is currently available in two languages only, Korean and US English. Samsung will roll out more languages later this year. While Bixby s main feature voice command was not rolled out, its other three features namely Vision, Home, and Reminder were available for users thus far.
Bixby Voice, the key feature is highly anticipated, as it is programmed to interpret one s natural language instead of making users memorize a set of phrases. Bixby is also equipped to understand commands with incomplete information and can also prompt users to provide additional input to execute tasks more efficiently. Coming to its other features, Bixby Vision allows the virtual assistant to scan objects through the camera app and provide related information. Bixby Reminder sets alerts for the user based on their routine and location. Bixby Reminder can be used to mark the point of pause while reading an article or watching a video and resume it later. ALSO READ: Samsung Bixby: AI meets contextual awareness, goes beyond a voice assistant
Bixby Home collects and puts together the most relevant apps and services for the user in a single screen. Bixby picks the apps by monitoring the user s schedule, routine and personality towards the apps and arrange them accordingly. ALSO READ: From Samsung Bixby to Apple Siri, is Artificial Intelligence ready for primetime?
Samsung had recently removed the ability to remap the Bixby button to launch other apps. Through an app, users could remap the Bixby button to launch other apps like Google Assistant, Gmail, camera and more. However, Samsung altogether denied access to download the third party app which made it possible to remap the Bixby button saying that it was exploiting a system-level behavior . ALSO READ: Samsung removes ability to remap Bixby button to perform other functions
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